MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Steve Rogers is a soldier with superhuman strength and an indestructible shield!”
Generally speaking, I’m a pretty big supporter of Hasbro these days. They run two of my favorite lines and generally do things that I support. They get a lot of hate, and I think a lot of it’s undeserved. With all that said, about a decade ago, I was NOT much of a Hasbro fan, due to a lot of very silly decisions on their part, both with the end of their DC license and the early days of their Marvel license. While they’ve improved leaps and bounds, they do still have the occasional slip-up. Today, I’m looking at one such slip-up.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Captain America is the first figure in the Red Onslaught Series of Marvel Legends, which was the first of the three vaguely Captain America: Civil War-themed series released last year. I looked at a handful of figures from the series back when they were still new, but never got around to this guy, mostly for the aforementioned “slip-up” reasons. This figure is, or is at least intended to be, an updated classic Captain America, which was a nice thought, given that the last actual classic Cap before this one was the Face Off version from Toy Biz. He stands a little over 6 1/2 inches tall and has 32 points of articulation. Cap is built on the Reaper body, which most of us had figured would be the case as soon as the Reaper body showed up. I’m not sure it’s the best base for the character; it seems a little chunky for him. That being said, it’s certainly an improvement on the body that was previously being used for Cap, so that’s a plus. Cap got unique pieces for his head, forearms, shoulder straps, belt, and boots (the forearms, belt, and boots would later be re-used for Red Guardian). The majority of the pieces are decent work, and they fit well on the body. He really, really could have used at least one fist, but that’s minor. The first major nit I have with the figure is the straps on the shoulders; previous pieces have always been done as a single harness piece, but for some reason this time Hasbro opted to go with two separate pieces. The issue is that they don’t have anything to connect to, nor do they have the tension that would be brought by connecting to each other, so the end result is that they’re pretty much impossible to keep in place. They just fall right off the arms. Just getting the one photo with them was a nightmare. The second major nit, and the primary reason I held off on getting this figure for so long is the head sculpt. I’ve never been happy with the Hasbro Legends take on Steve Rogers, and this figure really exhibits the worst of that, even more so than prior figures. His head looks thuggish and angry, and just all-around ugly, which is hardly how I think of Cap. He takes the squared off, scowlly “Hasbro Face” that I so despise and dials it up to 11. On top of that, the head is super, super wide, like it’s been stepped on or something, and is in general just way too large for this body. It’s almost like they scaled it to the Hyperion. I wish I had something nice to say about this head, but I really, really hate it. The paint on this guy is okay, but hardly Hasbro’s best. It’s a bit weird stepping back a year to just before they started really making the strides in paint quality. He’s okay, but there’s some noticeable slop, especially on the white sections. Ironically, the head gets probably the best work, but it’s not enough to save it. Cap is packed with his mighty shield (which is the same mold used for Taskmaster, Red Guardian, and Vance), a pair of gripping hands, a left hand that’s pointing, a right hands that flat, an extra Cap Wolf head (which is probably the coolest included piece, and at least gives the figure *some* value), and the back-thingy of Red Onslaught.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I saw this figure a ton of times over the course of the last year, but, despite being rather excited when he was initially announced, I just couldn’t bring myself to pay full retail for this guy. A few things happened that finally got me to buy him. First of all, Hasbro’s eBay shop marked the figure down to $8.99, which for those of you playing at home is less than half of the original retail price. On top of that, I came across an image of a mod for the figure (which I’ll be posting about later today), which finally convinced me he was worth owning. The basic figure is certainly disappointing. That head is just terrible, and the shoulder straps are beyond annoying. However, the base body is pretty decent, and at lest he’s got the extra Cap Wolf to make him more worthwhile.
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